Fact Check: This Picture Of Sonia Gandhi & Dr Manmohan Singh With Sheikh Hasina Was NOT Taken in Bangladesh

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent Bangladesh visit, a picture of Congress leaders with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is being shared on social media.

The post claims that Sonia Gandhi once took former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a tour of Bangladesh along with some other Congress leaders.

“Once upon a time Sonia Gandhi once took Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a tour of Bangladesh!Look where prime minister is sitting and who’s is sitting where prime minister has to sit. So this is the proof who’s the real prime minister in UPA era,” the Facebook post read.

Here’s the link to the above post.

More posts can be seen here and here.


NewsMobile fact-checked the post and found the claim to be false.

We ran a keyword search and found the same picture in an article by The New Indian Express dated October 6, 2019.

“Interim Congress chief. Sonia Gandhi and former PM Dr Manmohan Singh meet with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina (Photo| Twitter/@INCIndia),” the picture caption read.

The same picture along was also shared by the Twitter handle of INC in 2019. “Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Shri @AnandSharmaINC & the INC Delegation met with Bangladesh PM Smt. Sheikh Hasina,” the caption read.

It should also be noted that Manmohan Singh served as the 13th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. During his tenure, he paid a State visit to Bangladesh in September 2011.

Also, Sonia Gandhi served as the Congress party President from 1998 to 2017. And then in 2019, the Congress Working Committee elected Sonia Gandhi as an interim President following Rahul Gandhi’s resignation.

This proves that the picture was taken after the NDA Government came to power and hence, the claim attached to the viral picture is false and misleading.

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